Pam Smart: artist

After more than two decades devoting her creative energies to young pupils in her art classes teacher Pam Smart has finally decided to dedicate more time to develop her own art work.

To do so she has quite literally taken the plunge, by digging down beneath her home on the edge of Buxton, to create a  bright, spacious studio with
bi-fold doors opening onto the garden and a spectacular view.

It is here that she will be putting her 23 years of teaching experience to good use with regular workshops and classes – it’s worth signing up for one just to be able to step down from the kitchen into the studio and experience the wow factor for yourself.

“It really is a great place to work and I couldn’t be happier than when I am down here,” said Pam grinning from ear to ear.

“I am so pleased to be able to have my own space to paint and not have to compete with the rest of the family for the kitchen table any longer, and it means I have plenty of room to fit people in on the courses.”

Pam studied Graphic Design at Manchester Metropolitan University and started working as a designer for John Lewis in London, but then decided to train as a specialist teacher of Art and Design.

“I have been drawing, painting and making things since I was very young. I have been doing art all through my life, but it was always for someone else whether it was John Lewis or  the students but now I am doing it for myself. I have always been drawn to the vibrant colours which can be found in things such as flowers and fruit, and butterflies and beetles. I especially love gardens and parks and one of my favourite places is the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton.”

Last summer while she was drawing in the gardens Pam was spotted by the production manager from Buxton Opera House who liked the artist’s work so much that Pam was then commissioned to produce a series of paintings to be used for the venue’s merchandise.

“It was definitely a case of being in the right place at the right time and the whole project has been a great experience, and a lovely way to launch my new life as an artist,” explained Pam.

Not only that but her entry for the Buxton Spa Prize in 2017 was awarded a Buxton International Festival award, was highly commended and was also voted runner-up for the People’s Choice Award.

This year she already has a few exhibitions of her work lined up. The first for six weeks starting in April is at a new fine art gift shop with a gallery space – Isla in Buxton’s Colonnade – and she is at Cromford Studio and Gallery in September.

Having just been accepted as a member of the Peak District Artisans she will definitely be at the Great Dome Art Fair in July.

Pam will also be opening up her studio for the Derbyshire Open Arts weekend at the end of May when she will be joined by mixed media jewellery designer Yuka Jourdain.

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